Driving a big ‘53 Olds Super 88 sedan over Mexican roads at speeds up to 138 mph is no picnic, but Ed Gut’s car completed the LaCarrera Panamericana – an epic Mexican road race – revival four consecutive times between 1994 and 1997.
Who would have thought Eddie Munster was a car nut?
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits, the legendary drag racer, came to the Iola Car Show with a trailer loaded with books, T-shirts and other items to sell. He also brought along one of his famous “Swamp Rat” dragsters.
This 1984 March Indy Cosworth 84C is in the Volo Auto Museum (www.volocars.com in Volo, Ill. It is one of the cars raced by Michael Andretti in his 1984 rookie year.
Since it originally had a body formed out of copper, Hilbert Ermer, Sr.’s midget racing car was nicknamed the “Copper Kettle.”
Pontiac muscle car collector Merle Green advised us that Arlen Vanke had passed away on June 15.
Dana Highland, Dave Beimfohr and Bob Churchill were at the Race & Performance Expo (www.raceperformanceexpo.com) because they are kids at heart. Actually, all three of these spark plugs in the Junior Drag Racing sport are adults who have the future of young drag racers in their hearts.
Bruce Boyle of Manhattan, Ill., is a firefighter by day and a drag racer “by weekend.” His current racing car is a muscular Chevy Monza with a Dart 400 engine.
Tim Arfons has recreated one of the famous Green Monster front-engine dragsters and is using it as a high-speed history lesson for today’s drag racing fans.
Let me be frank – I actually met land speed racer Danny Thompson because of a hot dog.